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Iraqi Parliament Postpones Vote on New Government Again

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Post by chouchou on Thu 27 Feb 2020, 8:59 am

ERBIL — Iraq’s parliament has postponed a session set to vote on the new cabinet proposed by Prime Minister-designate Mohammed Allawi.

According to media reports, Parliament Speaker Mohammed al-Halbousi has prosed the vote for 1st March.

It comes amid differences between main political factions who disagree on Allawi’s cabinet lineup and the agenda of his future government.

A source from within the parliament said the speaker hopes the delay would give the disputed sides time to find common ground before the vote.

The main sides who are concerned about Allawi’s proposed cabinet are the Sunnis and Kurds. They criticised the mechanism of selecting ministers for the new government, believing that it violates the principles of political partnership and balance in Iraq.

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Post by chouchou on Thu 27 Feb 2020, 9:01 am

Iraq's Parliament postponed a voting session on Thursday to pass Prime Minister designate Mohammed Allawi’s proposed Cabinet.

Parliament failed to meet quorum as many politicians were dissatisfied with Mr Allawi's nominated ministerial list.

Mr Allawi needs a simple majority of the parliament's 329 MPs to pass his government, according to the Iraqi Supreme Court.

The delay prolongs the political and domestic deadlock the country is currently facing after anti-government protests broke out four months ago, forcing the resignation of outgoing Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi.

More than 500 people have been killed in the protests.

Mr Allawi said in a televised speech that if his government wins a confidence vote, its first act would be to investigate the killing of protesters and bring the perpetrators to justice.

He also pledged to hold an early election free from “the influence of money, weapons, and foreign interference” and called on protesters to give his government a chance.

Protesters have mostly rejected Mr Allawi as the next head of government saying that he is part of a corrupt system of politicians.

Mr Allawi had a month-long deadline to form the new government, which he is expected to lead until early elections.

His chances at gaining the parliament's confidence are 50-50, as there is still some opposition to him from Sunni, Kurdish and even Shiite parties, Sajad Jiyad, a Baghdad based political analyst, told The National.

“Their major complaints are that he did not work with them to choose cabinet nominees and that his nominees are not acceptable candidates for Iraqis protesting against the political establishment,” Mr Jiyad said.

If Parliament does not pass Mr Allawi’s proposed government then parliamentarians would hold a second vote or President Barham Salih would select his own nominee, the analyst said.

“Both situations would be unprecedented, as indeed the current crisis is too,” Mr Jiyad said.

For Sunni and Kurdish parties, the opposition is not to Mr Allawi personally but to his refusal to accept their party nominees to hold ministries, Kirk Sowell, an Iraq expert at Utica Risk Services, said on Twitter.

“This is viewed as the reason for the failure of previous governments,” Mr Sowell said.

Kurdish and Sunni parties have said they fear the next Cabinet will not represent them.

Mr Allawi’s government will pass if he can get the support of the main Kurdish parties.

“He has enough votes from other parties to pass with their support. Without it, he doesn't,” Mr Sowell said.

Earlier on Thursday, local reports said that Mr Allawi sent a letter to the British embassy requesting the cancellation of his British citizenship.

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